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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Xavier Dolan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Sam Turner
Emily Hampshire ... Amy Bosworth
Jacob Tremblay ... Rupert Turner
Sarah Gadon ... Liz Jones
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Donovan
Jared Keeso ... James Donovan
Kathy Bates ... Barbara Haggermaker
Thandie Newton ... Audrey Newhouse
Kit Harington ... John F. Donovan
Michael Gambon ... Narrator
Ben Schnetzer ... Rupert Turner (Adult)
Chris Zylka ... Will Jefford Jr.
Amara Karan ... Mrs. Kureishi
Sam Taylor Buck ... Young Daniel
Katy Breier ... Trish
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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Canada | UK

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English

Release Date:

13 March 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,340, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$150,897

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,321,812
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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, and Natalie Portman. See more »

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Sam Turner: [reading John's letter] For now I need to sleep, I just wanna sleep and start over. Your friend, John
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References Jumanji (1995) See more »

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Rolling In the Deep
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So much potential and such a messy film.
16 September 2019 | by SnobReviewsSee all my reviews

It's a shame that "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" isn't as good as it should be. A messy, mismatched, and overly long film.

In this drama, years after the death of a TV star, a young man reminisces the written correspondence he shared with the famous actor, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

As much as writer/director Xavier Dolan's latest effort isn't really confusing, it kind of feels like it is. After you're done watching "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" you feel as if you've spent hours and hours watching this film and it goes nowhere. The film does feature some good performances from the all-star cast but in the end the story is what is at fault here. The film does have a powerful moment which features the song "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse; you wish "The Death And Life Of John F. Donavon" was that great throughout. It could've been a better drama but Dolan's film is just a disappointment.


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